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(2) What would be the potential loss of revenue to the ACT Government per annum if it was to follow the NSW example.

Mr Hargreaves: The answers to the member’s questions are as follows:

(1) I am advised that the NSW State Government is planning to introduce changes for speeding offences up to 15 km/h above the speed limit with the penalty amount being reduced from $130 to $75. Under these proposed NSW changes, offences in this range will incur three demerit points rather than the current two. I understand that these changes were made on 4 April 2005.

While the ACT, in setting traffic penalties, has regard to any benefits of alignment with those in NSW, other factors are also relevant, including national implications and local ACT factors.

Currently the ACT applies demerit points for speeding offences, which are aligned to the National Demerit Point Schedule. The national schedule designates 1 demerit point for speeding offences up to 15 km/h, rather than the 2 (or proposed 3) in NSW for this offence.

Although there are no plans to reduce ACT speeding fines at this stage, the ACT will be interested in any information on the impact on driving behaviour of the proposed NSW change.

(2) As this is a hypothetical position I am not prepared to divert resources to provide a response.

Roads—speed limits
(Question No 248)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 9 March 2005:

(1) In relation to the reduction by the end of April of the speed limit outside Gungahlin Children’s Centre from 60 km/h to 50km/h, why cannot this speed limit be introduced immediately;

(2) Why should the speed outside childcare centres not be reduced to 40 km/h in keeping with the speed limit outside ACT schools.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The speed limit outside Gungahlin Children’s Centre will be reduced from 60km/h to 50km/h immediately after the production of the traffic plans necessary to locate the signs in the correct location. These plans are expected to be completed by the end of March 2005.

(2) In August 2004 the report “Review of School Crossings and Traffic Issues at Schools, Childcare and Older Person’s Facilities” was tabled in the Legislative Assembly outlining the rationale for speed limits outside child care centres.

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